How to Add Cold Shoulders to a Flannel Shirt in 1 Hour

Refashion a $3 thrift store flannel shirt with cold shoulder cutouts

I love knocking off fast fashion trends with my thrift store refashions, especially when it’s just a quick alteration like adding cold shoulder cut-outs.

NastyGalColdShoulder

This is my inspiration piece I found on Nasty Gal for $48.  My recycled version cost me a whopping $3.

Here’s a quick overview of the project, which only took me 1 hour to finish.  Talk about instant gratification!

Overview

Step 1:  Mark shoulder holes

Step 2:  Detach collar and cut out cold shoulders

Step 3:  Finish shoulder holes with bias binding

Step 4:  Reattach collar

 

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - step by step tutorial infographic

 

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - Mark cold shoulder holes

Step 1:  Mark your shoulder cut-outs with a french curve.

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - cut out shoulders and detach collar

Step 2:  Detach the collar and cut out the shoulders.

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - Make Bias Binding

Step 3: Finish shoulder holes.  Make about 4 feet of 1.5″ bias binding.

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - sew bias binding to the front of shoulder cut outs

Fold bias binding in half, press and sew on the right side of the shoulder cut-outs with a 1/4″ seam.

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - sew bias binding from the back

Flip the bias binding to the back and stitch down as close as you can to the edge.

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - reattach the collar

Step 4:  Reattached the collar.

Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion - Front View

Ta da, finished shirt!  Here’s the front . . .

Back view of flannel shirt with cold shoulder cut outs.

. . . and here’s the back.  Who knew flannel could be so sassy?  I think the cold shoulders add a feminine vibe to a traditionally masculine shirt.  I highly recommend this project for beginning sewers who are interested in learning how to make and sew bias binding.  It really is as easy as it looks.

Do you have any shirt in your closet that can use a cold shoulder update?

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  1. trishstitched at 9:00 pm

    Hopping over from Kollabora. LOVE all your refashions, you have a great eye for what pieces could be! This top is great, and its awesome that you include tutorials. Looking forward to seeing more! -Trish

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